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Wednesday, 11 November 1964


Senator COOKE (Western Australia) .- The Minister has brought this debate down to a rather lower level than we have been accustomed to. Senator Wright has acted according to his own conscience and the oath he has taken as a senator. I shall do the same. I want to be with him tonight, even though on many occasions I do not agree with him. If this nation reaches the point where a senator has not enough courage to express his opinion in this place in conformity with the decencies that have been observed in the past, then I shall be very sorry indeed. I am very sorry that the Minister, in answer to a question he was asked about the protection that is afforded to the citizens of Australia, engaged in personal muck-raking and implied that when an educated man made a personal submission he was not expressing an honorable opinion. Even though I may not agree with any man on either side of the chamber, if I reached the stage where I was not prepared to stand in this place and express my opinion, I would prefer to be out of public life.

Question put -

That the words proposed to be added (Senator Wright's amendment) be added.







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